Diamantine

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Diamantine

New postby Marty101 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:03 pm

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Help? Looks almost unused. I haven't tried that cork yet...looks like I'll have to dig. I noticed the "2" is hand written.
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Re: Diamantine

New postby richiec » Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:14 pm

You should know what No. 2 is :D
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Re: Diamantine

New postby Marty101 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:31 pm

Sheesh!
Every MS has a wise guy...although I admit it does look like someone sat on that cork. :lol:
OK,Mr. Wizard,what's this worth? I rarely see it on ebay and have never seen a full jar;also I can only guess how much is in it. I'm not sure how or if I can compare it to what is sold today.
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Re: Diamantine

New postby MartyW » Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:28 pm

15 grams at Otto Frei for $7.15.
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Re: Diamantine

New postby richiec » Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:42 pm

Do you need a hundred dollar bill to use it? Nice find, Marty.
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Re: Diamantine

New postby Marty101 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:45 pm

Thanks Marty The E. I was hoping the new stuff was a cheap substitute for the old-like so many things nowadays...
No Rich,I use it for free. It's mine. :lol:
Seriously though-you think maybe this bottle is near 100 years old?
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Re: Diamantine

New postby MartyW » Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:01 am

M101:

Depends on the bottle and how it's made. Cast......probably not, blown......perhaps.
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Re: Diamantine

New postby L48X55 » Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:20 pm

What's this stuff used for? Never heard of it.
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Re: Diamantine

New postby Marty101 » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:45 pm

Rich-you're up!
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Re: Diamantine

New postby Neilywatch » Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:06 pm

Diamantine is used for putting the high polish on flat metal parts in watches. IT is mixed with light oil and made into a loose paste. A but of it is placed on a smooth working surface like a lead block or frosted glass. You take the part to be finished and lay on the surface and use a cork to hold while you move it in circular motion until it is nice and shiny. Takes a few hours but it is well worth it.

The #2 means it is the 2nd coarsest finish: its goes from 1 to 4. 4 being the finest powder. The bottle is just about 100 years old. it doesn't go bad - its crushed diamonds!
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Re: Diamantine

New postby MartyW » Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:25 pm

Originally made from natural diamond powder gathered during the cutting and faceting process today it is made from artificially made diamonds like CubicZ......or so I have read.
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Re: Diamantine

New postby Neilywatch » Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:11 am

In any event - the stuff is not expensive. I paid $20/bottle for the Bergeon stuff years ago. I still have much of it.
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Re: Diamantine

New postby Marty101 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:21 am

Thank you gents-not sure about lead or frosted glass but I'll find something flat to work on. How about regular sheet glass Neil?
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Re: Diamantine

New postby Marty101 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:53 am

OH-I think I see. The paste gets imbedded like an emery board of sorts. Anyone use boxwood?
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Re: Diamantine

New postby Neilywatch » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:39 am

Exactly - the lead or frosted glass serves as a "surface" to hold the paste in place. I don't know anybody who uses boxwood. Pithwood, yes. You can also use the screw-holding tripod for finishing screwheads.
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